College Football Week 5: Against the Spread

Last week: 8-5 Stanford @ Washington (-3) With the decline of Oregon this year, this game will in all likelihood decide the PAC 12 North this season. My head is telling me to pick Stanford–it’s tough to pick against Christian McCaffery, a strong defense, a great coaching staff, and a proven record of success the last…

Duke 38 Notre Dame 35: The End of an Era

Today was perhaps the darkest day in the storied history of Notre Dame football, as the Irish lost at home to Duke, 38-35. There have definitely been worse losses (Gerry Faust’s last game against Miami comes to mind), but this loss feels different than others because it feels like the end of an era, one…

College Football Week 4: Against the Spread

USC @ Utah (-3) USC had possibly the worst week of any football program, with reports surfacing that coach Clay Helton was punched in the face by offensive lineman E.J. Price, and up to eight players plan to transfer or leave for the NFL. While USC will put more talent on the field than Utah, don’t…

The Culture of Mediocrity Surrounding Notre Dame Football

I’m a 2013 Notre Dame alum and it pains me to write this. I realize I don’t have the perspective that comes from someone who has watched Notre Dame football for the past 50 years and lived through the Gerry Faust days, but I can still sense the complacent, almost defeatist culture that is around…